A New Twist On an Old Tradition: Scripture-Based Easter Baskets

March 30, 2015

Everything about spring makes my heart sing. Kathrine Bates describes spring as the “blossom time of souls” and that is exactly how I feel. After a long Idaho winter I am always bursting at the seams for spring to reach our little town. Even with all the happiness that comes with warmer weather and baby animals, it is the joy and rejoicing in the Savior’s rebirth that makes all the difference.  It is no coincidence; the earth’s rebirth comes at the same time as the resurrection of the Savior of the world.

However with all the Cadbury eggs (my ultimate weakness) and Easter Bunny festivities, we can sometimes forget what a pivotal time this time is. It is a time full of hope for better things to come, because of the sacrifice and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Once again, He is the reason for the season. And what better way to remember Him, then to “feed His sheep”?  For today’s Easter Tradition of Faith I am excited to share a small but meaningful way that my family shows our love and gratitude to Him by feeding His sheep through serving others.

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The idea is simple. Every year for Easter we try to serve a widow in our area by taking them an Easter basket, filled with items tied to scripture themes that draw the mind and heart to Christ. Our hope is that the basket will bring a temporal and spiritual boost to someone we love.

To help you adopt this tradition in your own family I’ve partnered with our uber-talented team member Tiffany Webster to create gift tags that match the items you choose to put in the basket, and a stunning print that I can’t wait to frame and take! Thank you Tiffany for making these beautiful items to become a beautiful part of our tradition! (You can find both the tags and the print in the download toolbar at the end of the post.)

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In our community we have a lot of wonderful widows, who spend most holidays missing someone dearly, which is why you may find the gift list a bit female specific. However, I love the idea of using these for any Easter basket, especially for my kids! Also, if these gifts don’t work for you, don’t let that stop you! Part of the fun is finding gifts and matching them with scripture! My seven-year-old daughter Kallie thought we should totally give “a dove, like when Jesus was baptized”.  Finding joy in the process of service is what it’s all about, right?

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Here are a list of scriptures and items that we use, feel free to pick and choose which ones work best for your needs!

Candle: “ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

Treat or Drink: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

Music: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.” Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

Soap: “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart… shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” Psalms 24:4-5

Bath Salts:  “Ye are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 3:15

Slippers: “And your feet shod with he preparation of the gospel of peace” Ephesians 6:15  or  “thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Pslams 119:105

Hair Accessory: “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

Scarf: “Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25

Lilies or fresh flowers: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin.” Matthew 6:28

Print: “He is not here: for he is risen.” Matthew 28:6

(Find all these tags in the download below!)

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Along with the scripture gifts, our family also likes to share our personal feelings about Christ with the person we are giving our basket to. Usually this is their favorite gift! We each take time to write (or draw a picture) about why we love the Savior and why we are grateful for Him, especially during this Easter season.

There are so many ways you can use this simple idea, but whatever you do, I hope it brings you and those you love closer to our Redeemer.  May we each relish the profound peace we feel as remember, and share, the words of the angel on that first Easter morning: “He is not here: for He is risen.”

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Click below to download the Easter Tags & the He is Risen Print!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Ashlee Hansen March 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Kim I love this idea and we are so doing it! Thanks for sharing and thanks Tiff for the printouts. I love you girls!

  • Reply Joanna March 31, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing, and I am totally going to add this to our Easter Traditions!

  • Reply Rhonda March 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my I love it and I’m totally doing this with my kids!

  • Reply Jessima April 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Such a neat idea. Love it!!!

    Thank you so much for the printables 🙂

  • Reply Michiko April 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Reply Tiffany April 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I love the idea of doing this for Easter. I use a similar format for house warming gifts. So cute!

  • Reply Linda schaaf April 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I love this idea, thank you for the free printables!

  • Reply Judi sifferd January 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Hi
    I could not get the download. Can you email it to me:)
    Blessings,
    Judi

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Judi! Sorry for the delay, but the download is now available on this post!

  • Reply Ana Wagner February 10, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    i wasn’t able to download
    i love this idea!! will you email it as well?

    love,
    Ana

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Ana, the download is now available! Sorry for the delay!

  • Reply Whitney Covey February 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Is there any way that I can get the He is Risen printable? Thanks!

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Whitney! The download is now available on this post for the He is Risen print 🙂

  • Reply Judi February 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I was unable to download. Could you please email it as well>
    Thanks!

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Judi! The download button is back on the post, just scroll to the bottom. Sorry about the delay!

  • Reply Jayme Young February 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Is this “He Is Risen” download still available? I can’t see a way to download it.

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Jayme, you are right, the download was missing for awhile, but the problem is fixed. You can now download the print at the end of this post. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Michelle R. March 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I love this! Is the “He Is Risen” print still available for download? Please let me know!

    • Reply Krista March 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Michelle! The print is now ready for download at the bottom of this post. Sorry for the delay!

  • Reply Heidi March 23, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    We are going to do this! What a great way to involve our kids in service.

  • Reply Delaney September 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    When I click on download it gives me a 404 error, is there another way to download?

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